I hope you all agreed that Claire and Pal were brilliant speakers. I was absolutely amazed at how accurate the dogs are and the research sounds incredible, the scope for the dogs seems limitless, Malaria detector dogs could change things in Africa!

It was wonderful to see so many ladies again. The meeting was full of energy, please let me have your feedback at the Linger Longer idea (where we do not have to rush off at 9.30pm if it has been a busy meeting and we are still chatting)!

The Craft Club will meet again this Tuesday 11th 1pm at Joyce’s house. They will be making Christmas embroidered hearts. There will also be a lady talking about quilting. Don’t forget your scissors and materials.

We have a spare ticket for the resolution meeting at Chartham on the 24th April. If you haven’t been before it is a really interesting informative meeting discussing the resolutions that have been put forward this year. Next month we will be discussing which way we want to vote at the AGM. IF you have any knowledge of the two subjects, Alleviating loneliness and Plastic soup, we want to hear from you!

We are going to the Dirty Habit for lunch and a walk on Thursday 27th April. If your name isn’t on the list just let Dilys or myself know.

There will be a Horticultural Society plant sale on Saturday 29th at the village hall from 10-12. You can buy all your summer bedding and much more here.

We will be making small posies in support of the Lonely Bouquet Day on 5th May. It is just a small posy which we will distribute to ladies in Milstead to show that people are thinking of them. If a few of us made a couple we would be able to give out lots of posies. If you are busy and cannot make a fresh posy an artificial one would be fantastic. We will meet on the Friday to deliver the flowers. Please let me know if you can support us.

Dilys is also organising a trip to Goodnestone Park Gardens on either the 17th or 18th May. Again if your name isn’t on the list just let either of us know.  www.goodnestoneparkgardens.co.uk

There is a Coffee morning on Saturday 20th May from 10.00- 13.00 at the Village Hall Milstead. We will need cakes for the cake stall. Please support us!

Our Garden Party will take place at Frinsted Village Hall this year, July 6th starting at 7pm. You do not need to make food this year as we will be providing picnic boxes and Pimms. To avoid too many cars at Frinsted we shall meet at the village hall in Milstead at 6.30pm and car share to Frinsted. We ask that you bring a hat for a game; please don’t bring your best Ascot type hat as it may get spoilt!


Upcoming dates:

11th April 1pm Craft Club

18th April Painter’s Forstal Birthday Party 2pm Eastling VH

20th April Group Meeting Bapchild 2.30pm Bapchild VH

24th April Resolution meeting Chartham VH

27th April Lunch and Walk at the Dirty Habit, Hollingbourne

5th May Lonely Bouquet Day.

11th May WI meeting

17th or 18th May Goodnestone Park Gardens

17th May Fashion show Bredgar 19.30

29th May Cream Tea, Rose Cottage, Milstead 2-5pm

10th June Horticultural Society meeting ‘Italy on a plate’

2nd August 2017 Marlowe Theatre The Play that Went Wrong

27th March 2018 ACM Folkestone.

14-17th May 2018 East Kent Denman Holiday

See you at next month’s meeting 11th May 7.30pm, Kent Air Ambulance will be the speaker plus a debate on the two resolutions. We won’t be having a trading stall at this meeting but there will be a raffle and a chance to buy your National Federation of Women’s Institute Draw tickets with a £10,000 top prize!


Words by Angela Coleman